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Madhu Goel Southworth

madhuMadhu Goel Southworth is Senior Vice President, Legal & Business Affairs and head lawyer for AMC Network Entertainment LLC and Sundance TV. In that capacity, she and her staff advise and counsel AMC's business departments with respect to digital and non-scripted development and production matters, product integrations, marketing, research, consumer products, licensing, gaming, digital initiatives, location based entertainment, intellectual property and other business affairs matters concerning AMC's top shows. Prior to working at AMC, Madhu was at A&E Television Networks as Director, Legal and Business Affairs providing counsel and negotiating development, production, and talent agreements for both their unscripted and documentary departments. Madhu graduated from University of Chicago Law in 2001 and joined Sidley & Austin as an associate. Prior to Sidley, Madhu completed a federal judicial clerkship in the Southern District of New York for the Honorable George Daniels. Madhu is a frequent speaker at national conferences on entertainment related issues and women in the profession. When not working, Madhu loves spending time with her two young daughters and her husband.

Lasherelle Morgan

Lasherelle Morgan is currently Senior Corporate Counsel at Audible, an Amazon Company, where she leads the original content legal team. During her over 15 years as a corporate and entertainment attorney, Lasherelle has strategically negotiated hundreds of deals across various entertainment-related fields, including acquisition and licensing agreements, digital and linear distribution agreements, and talent and production agreements. Lasherelle also has extensive experience in counseling clients in the development, production and execution of marketing and advertising initiatives. In her previous roles, she was Vice President, Business and Legal Affairs, at Viacom Media Networks supporting unscripted and digital original programming and Head of Business and Legal Affairs at EPIX (a joint venture of Paramount, Lionsgate and MGM) where she managed all business and legal affairs matters in connection with theatricals and original programming. Lasherelle graduated from Columbia Law School and is admitted to both the New York and the California Bar.

Kesari Ruza

kesariKesari Ruza is Vice President Legal Affairs, Branding & Marketing at Home Box Office, Inc. Since joining HBO in 2008, Kesari advises the Consumer Marketing and Social Media groups on all aspects of advertising and promotional campaigns tied to HBO's original programming, including negotiating agency agreements, content license agreements, creative and copy clearance, co-promotions, interactive online promotions, sweepstakes & contests, and licensing & retail ventures. Kesari came to HBO after eight years in private practice at law firms Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton NY and prior to that, Frankfurt Kurnit Klein & Selz, where she represented studios, advertising agencies, publishers, and other media companies in both transactional and litigation matters. Kesari is a graduate of University of Pennsylvania Law School (J.D. 1999) and Yeshiva University (BA, 1993). She lives in Queens, New York with her husband and two daughters.